Kelly Link has been hailed by Michael Chabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by Neil Gaiman as “a national treasure.” Now her eagerly awaited adult collection, GET IN TROUBLE: Stories, proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have.
We’re excited to share an excerpt of a story from the collection called “The Summer People,” in which a young girl in rural North Carolina serves as uneasy caretaker to the mysterious, never-quite-glimpsed visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house. Enjoy!
“Exquisite, cruelly wise . . . In stories as haunting as anything the Grimm brothers could have come up with, Link gooses the mundane with meaning and enchantment. . . . These stories linger like dreams and will leave readers looking over their shoulders for their own ghosts.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[Link’s] stories are wonderful creations . . . . [They] could be described as a combination of George Saunders’s eerie near-reality mixed with Amy Hempel’s badda-boom timing, plus a dose of Karen Russell’s otherworldly tropical sensibility.” —Library Journal